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Fillable Printable Form W9

What is a Form W9 ?

Form W9 is one of an internal revenue service forms. And this form is commonly used in a business–contractor arrangement. Especially for individuals when they are working as a freelancer, an independent contractor or other self-employed worker, the form would provide employers with employee's information about tax payment. Find more fillable forms about tax matters. Sign, print and fax this fillable W9 form at Handypdf for your convenience.

Fillable Printable Form W9

What is a Form W9 ?

Form W9 is one of an internal revenue service forms. And this form is commonly used in a business–contractor arrangement. Especially for individuals when they are working as a freelancer, an independent contractor or other self-employed worker, the form would provide employers with employee's information about tax payment. Find more fillable forms about tax matters. Sign, print and fax this fillable W9 form at Handypdf for your convenience.

Form W9

Form W9

Form W-9
(Rev. December 2014)
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Request for Taxpayer
Identification Number and Certification
Give Form to the
requester. Do not
send to the IRS.
Print or type
See Specific Instructions on page 2.
1 Name (as shown on your income tax return). Name is required on this line; do not leave this line blank.
2 Business name/disregarded entity name, if different from above
3 Check appropriate box for federal tax classification; check only one of the following seven boxes:
Individual/sole proprietor or
single-member LLC
C CorporationS CorporationPartnershipTrust/estate
Limited liability company. Enter the tax classification (C=C corporation, S=S corporation,P=partnership)
Note. For a single-member LLC that is disregarded, do not check LLC; check the appropriate box in the line above for
the tax classification of the single-member owner.
Other (see instructions)
4 Exemptions (codes apply only to
certain entities, not individuals; see
instructions on page 3):
Exempt payee code (if any)
Exemption from FATCA reporting
code (if any)
(Applies to accounts maintained outside the U.S.)
5 Address (number, street, and apt. or suite no.)
6 City, state, and ZIP code
Requester’s name and address (optional)
7 List account number(s) here (optional)
Part ITaxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
Enter your TIN in the appropriate box. The TIN provided must match the name given on line 1 to avoid
backup withholding. For individuals, this is generally your social security number (SSN). However, for a
resident alien, sole proprietor, or disregarded entity, see the Part I instructions on page 3. For other
entities, it is your employer identification number (EIN). If you do not have a number, see How to get a
TIN on page 3.
Note. If the account is in more than one name, see the instructions for line 1 and the chart on page 4 for
guidelines on whose number to enter.
Social security number
or
Employer identification number
Part IICertification
Under penalties of perjury, I certify that:
1. The number shown on this form is my correct taxpayer identification number (or I am waiting for a number to be issued to me); and
2. I am not subject to backup withholding because: (a) I am exempt from backup withholding, or (b) I have not been notified by the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) that I am subject to backup withholding as a result of a failure to report all interest or dividends, or (c) the IRS has notified me that I am
no longer subject to backup withholding; and
3. I am a U.S. citizen or other U.S. person (defined below); and
4. The FATCA code(s) entered on this form (if any) indicating that I am exempt from FATCA reporting is correct.
Certification instructions. You must cross out item 2 above if you have been notified by the IRS that you are currently subject to backupwithholding
because you have failed to report all interest and dividends on your tax return. For real estate transactions, item 2 does not apply.For mortgage
interest paid, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, contributions to an individual retirementarrangement (IRA), and
generally, payments other than interest and dividends, you are not required to sign the certification, but you mustprovide your correct TIN. See the
instructions on page 3.
Sign
Here
Signature of
U.S. person
Date
General Instructions
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.
Future developments. Information about developments affecting Form W-9 (such
as legislation enacted after we release it) is at www.irs.gov/fw9.
Purpose of Form
An individual or entity (Form W-9 requester) who is required to file an information
return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN)
which may be your social security number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification
number (ITIN), adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN), or employer
identification number (EIN), to report on an information return the amount paid to
you, or other amount reportable on an information return. Examples of information
returns include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Form 1099-INT (interest earned or paid)
• Form 1099-DIV (dividends, including those from stocks or mutual funds)
• Form 1099-MISC (various types of income, prizes, awards, or gross proceeds)
• Form 1099-B (stock or mutual fund sales and certain other transactions by
brokers)
• Form 1099-S (proceeds from real estate transactions)
• Form 1099-K (merchant card and third party network transactions)
• Form 1098 (home mortgage interest), 1098-E (student loan interest), 1098-T
(tuition)
• Form 1099-C (canceled debt)
• Form 1099-A (acquisition or abandonment of secured property)
Use Form W-9 only if you are a U.S. person (including a resident alien), to
provide your correct TIN.
If you do not return Form W-9 to the requester with a TIN, you might be subject
to backup withholding. See What is backup withholding? on page 2.
By signing the filled-out form, you:
1. Certify that the TIN you are giving is correct (or you are waiting for a number
to be issued),
2. Certify that you are not subject to backup withholding, or
3. Claim exemption from backup withholding if you are a U.S. exempt payee. If
applicable, you are also certifying that as a U.S. person, your allocable share of
any partnership income from a U.S. trade or business is not subject to the
withholding tax on foreign partners' share of effectively connected income, and
4. Certify that FATCA code(s) entered on this form (if any) indicating that you are
exempt from the FATCA reporting, is correct. See What is FATCA reporting? on
page 2 for further information.
Cat. No. 10231X
Form W-9 (Rev. 12-2014)
Form W-9 (Rev. 12-2014)
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Note. If you are a U.S. person and a requester gives you a form other than Form
W-9 torequest your TIN, you must use the requester’s form if it issubstantially
similar to this Form W-9.
Definition of a U.S. person. For federal tax purposes, you areconsidered a U.S.
person if you are:
• An individual who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien;
• A partnership, corporation, company, or association created or organized in the
United States or under the laws of the United States;
• An estate (other than a foreign estate); or
• A domestic trust (as defined in Regulations section 301.7701-7).
Special rules for partnerships. Partnerships that conduct atrade or business in
the United States are generally required topay a withholding tax under section
1446 on any foreign partners’ share of effectively connected taxable incomefrom
such business. Further, in certain cases where a Form W-9has not been received,
the rules under section 1446 require a partnership to presume thata partner is a
foreign person, and pay the section 1446 withholding tax.Therefore, if you are a
U.S. person that is apartner in a partnership conducting a trade or business in the
United States, provide Form W-9 to the partnership to establish your U.S. status
and avoid section 1446 withholding on your share of partnership income.
In the cases below, the following person must give Form W-9 to the partnership
for purposes of establishing its U.S. status and avoiding withholding on its
allocable share of net income from the partnership conducting a trade or business
in the United States:
• In the case of a disregarded entity with a U.S. owner, the U.S. owner of the
disregarded entity and not the entity;
• In the case of a grantor trust with a U.S. grantor or other U.S. owner, generally,
the U.S. grantor or other U.S. owner of the grantor trust and not the trust; and
• In the case of a U.S. trust (other than a grantor trust), the U.S. trust (other than a
grantor trust) and not the beneficiaries of the trust.
Foreign person. If you are a foreign person or the U.S. branch of a foreign bank
that has elected to be treated as a U.S. person, do not use FormW-9. Instead, use
the appropriate Form W-8 or Form 8233 (see Publication515, Withholding of Tax
on Nonresident Aliens and ForeignEntities).
Nonresident alien who becomes a resident alien. Generally,only a nonresident
alien individual may use the terms of a taxtreaty to reduce or eliminate U.S. tax on
certain types of income.However, most tax treaties contain a provision known as
a“saving clause.” Exceptions specified in the saving clause maypermit an
exemption from tax to continue for certain types ofincome even after the payee
has otherwise become a U.S.resident alien for tax purposes.
If you are a U.S. resident alien who is relying on an exception contained in the
saving clause of a tax treaty to claim an exemption from U.S. tax on certain types
of income, you must attach a statement to Form W-9 that specifies the following
five items:
1. The treaty country. Generally, this must be the same treaty under which you
claimed exemption from tax as a nonresident alien.
2. The treaty article addressing the income.
3. The article number (or location) in the tax treaty that contains the saving
clause and its exceptions.
4. The type and amount of income that qualifies for the exemption from tax.
5. Sufficient facts to justify the exemption from tax under the terms of the treaty
article.
Example. Article 20 of the U.S.-China income tax treaty allowsan exemption
from tax for scholarship income received by aChinese student temporarily present
in the United States. UnderU.S. law, this student will become a resident alien for
taxpurposes if his or her stay in the United States exceeds 5calendar years.
However, paragraph 2 of the first Protocol to theU.S.-China treaty (dated April 30,
1984) allows the provisions ofArticle 20 to continue to apply even after the
Chinese studentbecomes a resident alien of the United States. A Chinesestudent
who qualifies for this exception (under paragraph 2 ofthe first protocol) and is
relying on this exception to claim anexemption from tax on his or her scholarship
or fellowshipincome would attach to Form W-9 a statement that includes the
information described above to support that exemption.
If you are a nonresident alien or a foreign entity, give the requester the
appropriate completed Form W-8 or Form 8233.
Backup Withholding
What is backup withholding? Persons making certain paymentsto you must
under certain conditions withhold and pay to theIRS 28% of such payments. This
is called “backup withholding.” Payments that may be subject to backup
withholding includeinterest, tax-exempt interest, dividends, broker and barter
exchange transactions, rents, royalties, nonemployee pay, payments made in
settlement of payment card and third party network transactions, andcertain
payments from fishing boat operators. Real estatetransactions are not subject to
backup withholding.
You will not be subject to backup withholding on payments you receive if you
give the requester your correct TIN, make the proper certifications, and report all
your taxable interest and dividends on your tax return.
Payments you receive will be subject to backup withholding if:
1. You do not furnish your TIN to the requester,
2. You do not certify your TIN when required (see the Part II instructions on page
3 for details),
3. The IRS tells the requester that you furnished an incorrect TIN,
4. The IRS tells you that you are subject to backup withholding because you did
not report all your interest and dividends on your tax return (for reportable interest
and dividends only), or
5. You do not certify to the requester that you are not subject to backup
withholding under 4 above (for reportable interest and dividend accounts opened
after 1983 only).
Certain payees and payments are exempt from backup withholding. See Exempt
payee code on page 3 and the separate Instructions for the Requester of Form
W-9 for more information.
Also see Special rules for partnerships above.
What is FATCA reporting?
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires a participating foreign
financial institution to report all United States account holders that are specified
United States persons. Certain payees are exempt from FATCA reporting. See
Exemption from FATCA reporting code on page 3 and the Instructions for the
Requester of Form W-9 for more information.
Updating Your Information
You must provide updated information to any person to whom you claimed to be
an exempt payee if you are no longer an exempt payee and anticipate receiving
reportable payments in the future from this person. For example, you may need to
provide updated information if you are a C corporation that elects to be an S
corporation, or if you no longer are tax exempt. In addition, you must furnish a new
Form W-9 if the name or TIN changes for the account; for example, if the grantor
of a grantor trust dies.
Penalties
Failure to furnish TIN. If you fail to furnish your correct TIN to arequester, you are
subject to a penalty of $50 for each suchfailure unless your failure is due to
reasonable cause and not towillful neglect.
Civil penalty for false information with respect to withholding. If you make a
false statement with no reasonablebasis that results in no backup withholding,
you are subject to a$500 penalty.
Criminal penalty for falsifying information. Willfully falsifyingcertifications or
affirmations may subject you to criminalpenalties including fines and/or
imprisonment.
Misuse of TINs. If the requester discloses or uses TINs inviolation of federal law,
the requester may be subject to civil andcriminal penalties.
Specific Instructions
Line 1
You must enter one of the following on this line; do not leave this line blank.The
name should match the name on your tax return.
If this Form W-9 is for a joint account, list first, and then circle, the name of the
person or entity whose number you entered in Part I of Form W-9.
a. Individual. Generally, enter the name shown on your tax return. If you have
changed your last name without informing the Social Security Administration (SSA)
of the name change, enter your first name, the last name as shown on your social
security card, and your new last name.
Note. ITIN applicant: Enter your individual name as it was entered on your Form
W-7 application, line 1a. This should also be the same as the name you entered on
the Form 1040/1040A/1040EZ you filed with your application.
b. Sole proprietor or single-member LLC. Enter your individual name as
shown on your1040/1040A/1040EZ on line 1. You may enter yourbusiness, trade,
or “doing business as” (DBA) name on line 2.
c. Partnership, LLC that is not a single-member LLC, C Corporation, or S
Corporation. Enter the entity's name as shown on the entity's tax return on line 1
and any business, trade, or DBA name on line 2.
d. Other entities. Enter your name as shown on required U.S. federal tax
documents on line 1. This name should match the name shown on the charter or
other legal document creating the entity. You may enter any business, trade, or
DBA name on line 2.
e. Disregarded entity. For U.S. federal tax purposes, an entity that is
disregarded as an entity separate from its owner is treated as a “disregarded
entity.” See Regulations section 301.7701-2(c)(2)(iii). Enter the owner's name on
line 1. The name of the entity entered on line 1 should never be a disregarded
entity. The name on line 1 should be the name shown on the income tax return on
which the income should be reported. For example, if a foreign LLC that is treated
as a disregarded entity for U.S. federal tax purposes has a single owner that is a
U.S. person, the U.S. owner's name is required to be provided on line 1. If the
direct owner of the entity is also a disregarded entity, enter the first owner that is
not disregarded for federal tax purposes. Enter the disregarded entity's name on
line 2, “Business name/disregarded entity name.” If the owner of the disregarded
entity is a foreign person, the owner must complete an appropriate Form W-8
instead of a Form W-9. This is the case even if the foreign person has a U.S. TIN.
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Line 2
If you have a business name, trade name, DBA name, or disregarded entity name,
you may enter it on line 2.
Line 3
Check the appropriate box in line 3 for the U.S. federal tax classification of the
person whose name is entered on line 1. Check only one box in line 3.
Limited Liability Company (LLC). If the name on line 1 is an LLC treated as a
partnership for U.S. federal tax purposes, check the “Limited Liability Company”
box and enter “P” in the space provided. If the LLC has filed Form 8832 or 2553 to
be taxed as a corporation, check the “Limited Liability Company” box and in the
space provided enter “C” for C corporation or “S” for S corporation. If it is a
single-member LLC that is a disregarded entity, do not check the “Limited Liability
Company” box; instead check the first box in line 3 “Individual/sole proprietor or
single-member LLC.”
Line 4, Exemptions
If you are exempt from backup withholding and/or FATCA reporting, enter in the
appropriate space in line 4 any code(s) that may apply to you.
Exempt payee code.
• Generally, individuals (including sole proprietors) are not exempt from backup
withholding.
• Except as provided below, corporations are exempt from backup withholding
for certain payments, including interest and dividends.
• Corporations are not exempt from backup withholding for payments made in
settlement of payment card or third party network transactions.
• Corporations are not exempt from backup withholding with respect to attorneys'
fees or gross proceeds paid to attorneys, and corporations that provide medical or
health care services are not exempt with respect to payments reportable on Form
1099-MISC.
The following codes identify payees that are exempt from backup withholding.
Enter the appropriate code in the space in line 4.
1—An organization exempt from tax under section 501(a), any IRA, or a
custodial account under section 403(b)(7) if the account satisfies the requirements
of section 401(f)(2)
2—The United States or any of its agencies or instrumentalities
3—A state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth or possession, or
any of their political subdivisions or instrumentalities
4—A foreign government or any of its political subdivisions, agencies, or
instrumentalities
5—A corporation
6—A dealer in securities or commodities required to register in the United
States, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or possession
7—A futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures
Trading Commission
8—A real estate investment trust
9—An entity registered at all times during the tax year under the Investment
Company Act of 1940
10—A common trust fund operated by a bank under section 584(a)
11—A financial institution
12—A middleman known in the investment community as a nominee or
custodian
13—A trust exempt from tax under section 664 or described in section 4947
The following chart shows types of payments that may be exempt from backup
withholding. The chart applies to the exempt payees listed above, 1 through 13.
IF the payment is for . . .THEN the payment is exempt for . . .
Interest and dividend paymentsAll exempt payees except
for 7
Broker transactionsExempt payees 1 through 4 and 6
through 11 and all C corporations. S
corporations must not enter an exempt
payee code because they are exempt
only for sales of noncovered securities
acquired prior to 2012.
Barter exchange transactions and
patronage dividends
Exempt payees 1 through 4
Payments over $600 required to be
reported and direct sales over $5,000
1
Generally, exempt payees
1 through 5
2
Payments made in settlement of
payment card or third party network
transactions
Exempt payees 1 through 4
1
See Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and its instructions.
2
However, the following payments made to a corporation and reportable on Form
1099-MISC are not exempt from backup withholding: medical and health care
payments, attorneys' fees, gross proceeds paid to an attorney reportable under
section 6045(f), and payments for services paid by a federal executive agency.
Exemption from FATCA reporting code. The following codes identify payees
that are exempt from reporting under FATCA. These codes apply to persons
submitting this form for accounts maintained outside of the United States by
certain foreign financial institutions. Therefore, if you are only submitting this form
for an account you hold in the United States, you may leave this field blank.
Consult with the person requesting this form if you are uncertain if the financial
institution is subject to these requirements. A requester may indicate that a code is
not required by providing you with a Form W-9 with “Not Applicable” (or any
similar indication) written or printed on the line for a FATCA exemption code.
A—An organization exempt from tax under section 501(a) or any individual
retirement plan as defined in section 7701(a)(37)
B—The United States or any of its agencies or instrumentalities
C—A state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth or possession, or
any of their political subdivisions or instrumentalities
D—A corporation the stock of which is regularly traded on one or more
established securities markets, as described in Regulations section
1.1472-1(c)(1)(i)
E—A corporation that is a member of the same expanded affiliated group as a
corporation described in Regulations section 1.1472-1(c)(1)(i)
F—A dealer in securities, commodities, or derivative financial instruments
(including notional principal contracts, futures, forwards, and options) that is
registered as such under the laws of the United States or any state
G—A real estate investment trust
H—A regulated investment company as defined in section 851 or an entity
registered at all times during the tax year under the Investment Company Act of
1940
I—A common trust fund as defined in section 584(a)
J—A bank as defined in section 581
K—A broker
L—A trust exempt from tax under section 664 or described in section 4947(a)(1)
M—A tax exempt trust under a section 403(b) plan or section 457(g) plan
Note. You may wish to consult with the financial institution requesting this form to
determine whether the FATCA code and/or exempt payee code should be
completed.
Line 5
Enter your address (number, street, and apartment or suite number). This is where
the requester of this Form W-9 will mail your information returns.
Line 6
Enter your city, state, and ZIP code.
Part I. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
Enter your TIN in the appropriate box. If you are a residentalien and you do not
have and are not eligible to get an SSN,your TIN is your IRS individual taxpayer
identification number(ITIN). Enter it in the social security number box. If you do not
have an ITIN, seeHow to get a TIN below.
If you are a sole proprietor and you have an EIN, you may enter either your SSN
or EIN. However, the IRS prefers that you use your SSN.
If you are a single-member LLC that is disregarded as an entity separate from its
owner (see Limited Liability Company(LLC) on this page), enter the owner’s SSN
(or EIN, if the owner has one). Do not enter the disregarded entity’s EIN. If the LLC
is classified as a corporation or partnership, enter the entity’s EIN.
Note. See the chart on page 4 for further clarification of nameand TIN
combinations.
How to get a TIN. If you do not have a TIN, apply for oneimmediately. To apply
for an SSN, get Form SS-5, Applicationfor a Social Security Card, from your local
SSA office or get this form online at www.ssa.gov. Youmay also get this form by
calling 1-800-772-1213. Use FormW-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer
IdentificationNumber, to apply for an ITIN, or Form SS-4, Application forEmployer
Identification Number, to apply for an EIN. You canapply for an EIN online by
accessing the IRS website atwww.irs.gov/businessesand clicking on Employer
IdentificationNumber (EIN) under Starting a Business. You can get Forms W-7and
SS-4 from the IRS by visiting IRS.govor by calling1-800-TAX-FORM
(1-800-829-3676).
If you are asked to complete Form W-9 but do not have a TIN, apply for a TIN
and write “Applied For” in the space for the TIN, sign and date the form, and give it
to the requester. For interest and dividend payments, and certain payments made
with respect to readily tradable instruments, generally you will have 60 days to get
a TIN and give it to the requester before you are subject to backup withholding on
payments. The 60-day rule does not apply to other types of payments. You will be
subject to backup withholding on all such payments until you provide your TIN to
the requester.
Note. Entering “Applied For” means that you have alreadyapplied for a TIN or that
you intend to apply for one soon.
Caution: A disregarded U.S. entity that has a foreign ownermust use the
appropriate Form W-8.
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Part II. Certification
To establish to the withholding agent that you are a U.S. person, or resident alien,
sign Form W-9. You may be requested to sign by the withholding agent even if
items 1, 4, or 5 below indicate otherwise.
For a joint account, only the person whose TIN is shown in Part I should sign
(when required). In the case of a disregarded entity, the person identified on line 1
must sign. Exempt payees, see
Exemptpayee code
earlier.
Signature requirements. Complete the certification as indicatedin items 1
through 5 below.
1. Interest, dividend, and barter exchange accounts opened before 1984
and broker accounts considered active during 1983. You must give your
correct TIN, but you do nothave to sign the certification.
2. Interest, dividend, broker, and barter exchange accounts opened after
1983 and broker accounts considered inactive during 1983. You must sign the
certification or backupwithholding will apply. If you are subject to backup
withholdingand you are merely providing your correct TIN to the requester,you
must cross out item 2 in the certification before signing theform.
3. Real estate transactions. You must sign the certification.You may cross out
item 2 of the certification.
4. Other payments. You must give your correct TIN, but youdo not have to sign
the certification unless you have beennotified that you have previously given an
incorrect TIN. “Otherpayments” include payments made in the course of the
requester’s trade or business for rents, royalties, goods (otherthan bills for
merchandise), medical and health care services(including payments to
corporations), payments to anonemployee for services, payments made in
settlement of payment card and third party network transactions, payments to
certain fishing boat crewmembers and fishermen, and gross proceeds paid to
attorneys(including payments to corporations).
5. Mortgage interest paid by you, acquisition or abandonment of secured
property, cancellation of debt, qualified tuition program payments (under
section 529), IRA, Coverdell ESA, Archer MSA or HSA contributions or
distributions, and pension distributions. You must give yourcorrect TIN, but you
do not have to sign the certification.
What Name and Number To Give the Requester
For this type of account:
Give name and SSN of:
1. Individual
The individual
2. Two or more individuals (joint
account)
The actual owner of the account or,
if combined funds, the first
individual on the account
1
3. Custodian account of a minor
(Uniform Gift to Minors Act)
The minor
2
4. a. The usual revocable savings
trust (grantor is also trustee)
b. So-called trust account that is
not a legal or valid trust under
state law
The grantor-trustee
1
The actual owner
1
5. Sole proprietorship or disregarded
entity owned by an individual
The owner
3
6. Grantor trust filing under Optional
Form 1099 Filing Method 1 (see
Regulations section 1.671-4(b)(2)(i)
(A))
The grantor*
For this type of account:
Give name and EIN of:
7. Disregarded entity not owned by an
individual
The owner
8. A valid trust, estate, or pension trust
Legal entity
4
9. Corporation or LLC electing
corporate status on Form 8832 or
Form 2553
The corporation
10. Association, club, religious,
charitable, educational, or other tax-
exempt organization
The organization
11. Partnership or multi-member LLC
The partnership
12. A broker or registered nominee
The broker or nominee
13. Account with the Department of
Agriculture in the name of a public
entity (such as a state or local
government, school district, or
prison) that receives agricultural
program payments
The public entity
14. Grantor trust filing under the Form
1041 Filing Method or the Optional
Form 1099 Filing Method 2 (see
Regulations section 1.671-4(b)(2)(i)
(B))
The trust
1
List first and circle the name of the person whose number you furnish. If only one personon a
joint account has an SSN, that person’s number must be furnished.
2
Circle the minor’s name and furnish the minor’s SSN.
3
You must show your individual name and you may also enter your business or DBAname on
the “Business name/disregarded entity” name line. You may use either your SSN or EIN (if you
have one),but the IRS encourages you to use your SSN.
4
List first and circle the name of the trust, estate, or pension trust. (Do not furnish the TINof the
personal representative or trustee unless the legal entity itself is not designated inthe account
title.) Also see Special rules for partnershipson page 2.
*Note. Grantor also must provide a Form W-9 to trustee of trust.
Note. If no name is circled when more than one name is listed,the number will be
considered to be that of the first name listed.
Secure Your Tax Records from Identity Theft
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your
name, SSN, or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit
fraud or other crimes. An identity thief may use your SSN to get a job or may file a
tax return using your SSN to receive a refund.
To reduce your risk:
• Protect your SSN,
• Ensure your employer is protecting your SSN, and
• Be careful when choosing a tax preparer.
If your tax records are affected by identity theft and you receive a notice from
the IRS, respond right away to the name and phone number printed on the IRS
notice or letter.
If your tax records are not currently affected by identity theft but you think you
are at risk due to a lost or stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity
or credit report, contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 or submit
Form 14039.
For more information, see Publication 4535, Identity Theft Prevention and Victim
Assistance.
Victims of identity theft who are experiencing economic harm or a system
problem, or are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved
through normal channels, may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)
assistance. You can reach TAS by calling the TAS toll-free case intake line at
1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059.
Protect yourself from suspicious emails or phishing schemes. Phishing is the
creation and use of email andwebsites designed to mimic legitimate business
emails andwebsites. The most common act is sending an email to a userfalsely
claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in anattempt to scam the user
into surrendering private informationthat will be used for identity theft.
The IRS does not initiate contacts with taxpayers via emails. Also, the IRS does
not request personal detailed information through email or ask taxpayers for the
PIN numbers, passwords, or similar secret access information for their credit card,
bank, or other financial accounts.
If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, forward this
message to phishing@irs.gov. You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo,
or other IRS property to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
(TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484. You can forward suspicious emails to the Federal
Trade Commission at: spam@uce.gov or contact them at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or
1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).
Visit IRS.govto learn more about identity theft and how to reduce your risk.
Privacy Act Notice
Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code requires you to provide your correct
TIN to persons (including federal agencies) who are required to file information
returns with the IRS to report interest, dividends, or certain other income paid to
you; mortgage interest you paid; the acquisition or abandonment of secured
property; the cancellation of debt; or contributions you made to an IRA, Archer
MSA, or HSA. The person collecting this form uses the information on the form to
file information returns with the IRS, reporting the above information. Routine uses
of this information include giving it to the Department of Justice for civil and
criminal litigation and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.
commonwealths and possessions for use in administering their laws. The
information also may be disclosed to other countries under a treaty, to federal and
state agencies to enforce civil and criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and
intelligence agencies to combat terrorism. You must provide your TIN whether or
not you are required to file a tax return. Under section 3406, payers must generally
withhold a percentage of taxable interest, dividend, and certain other payments to
a payee who does not give a TIN to the payer. Certain penalties may also apply for
providing false or fraudulent information.
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